Delta was one of the airlines to get routes (Los Angeles and Detroit) to the Tokyo Haneda airport, but they suspended the service soon after the tsunami hit Japan. Now that things are picking up, they are reinstating the route and to incentivize travelers, they are introducing super low fares for June and July travel and instituting a double miles promotion to entice customers back on this route. Note: double miles are only from LAX/DTW-HND and do not count towards elite qualification.The promo is good until September 30, 2011 and the LAX route restarts on June 2 and Detroit on June 16.
The sub-$600 all-in, roundtrip fares only look to be available in June and July and then they double to over $1,200. I’ve never been to Tokyo and while I swore off any more coach mileage runs, this one is tempting.
I can get JFK-LAX-HND for $597 total roundtrip. I’d net 15,925 Medallion Qualifying Miles and 15,925 base miles, plus:
+ 125% Diamond bonus of 19,906
+ double LAX-HND promo bonus of 10,975
= 46,806 SkyMiles, and while I don’t want to fly coach, Delta is introducing Economy Comfort, which features 4 extra inches of legroom and up to 50% more recline and I’d get it free as a Diamond Medallion. Plus, Delta is flying their 777-LR on this route, which is ostensibly their nicest aircraft.
Well, by the time I finished this blog post, I convinced myself to go for it and book a 2 night, 3 day mini-Tokyo vacation for early June. I kept getting; “We’re sorry. The fare for the flights you selected just sold out. Please search again to view and select alternate flights.” so I had to call Delta to book the dates I wanted.
If you see a trip you like, Delta allows risk-free cancellations by 11:59pm EST the day after you book a ticket so I’d recommend booking now and thinking about it later if you want to go. For more info on pricing from other cities, check out the Flyertalk thread.